The Dawson County High School girls’ varsity basketball team moved to 3–0 on the season and claimed first place in the Tiger Tipoff Classic with 48–33 victory over the South Forsyth War Eagles on Nov. 20.
Led by Sophie Rosin, the South Forsyth High School War Eagles were successful in slowing the pace of the game early and outscored the Tigers 12–9 in the first period.
The second period proved to be the difference as the Lady Tigers took control of the game behind strong defensive performances from junior Marlie Townley and senior Anna Lowe, who dominated the lane and forced multiple turnovers.
Senior Kaylee Sticker led the way on offense with 10 of her 24 points on night to give the Tigers a commanding 31–14 lead at the half.
South Forsyth managed to control the pace of the game during the second half and outscored the Lady Tigers in both the third and fourth period, but Dawson County put up just enough points to hold onto their lead and secure the win.
“South came out strong and took the lead after one quarter,” said Head Coach Steve Sweat. “We played some really good defense in the second half and were able to finish with a win.”
To get to the final round, the Lady Tigers had to get past the Chestatee High School War Eagles in the first game of the tournament on Nov. 19.
Featuring a fast-break style offense the Chestatee team put Dawson County to the test from the opening tip-off as they took an early lead in the first period and forced the Lady Tigers to play from behind as they were out-scored on the half and trailed 31–25 heading into the third period.
Townley caught fire in the second half, leading the team in both rebounds and scoring during the third period, as Dawson County outscored the War Eagles 20–6 in the period to take a 45–37 lead into the final stanza.
The Tigers offense continued to run smoothly as Sophia D’Oliveira, Lowe, Sticker and Townley all put up points in the fourth to finish off the Chestatee War Eagles by the final score of 63–48.
“After some halftime adjustments and conversation, we turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter.” said Sweat. “A tale of two halves, I would say.”
The Lady Tigers will be back in action on Nov. 29 when they take on Flowery Branch High School at Flowery Branch.